is a monthly columnist for On Being. She is a meditation teacher and the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including Love Your Enemies, Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, and Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace. Her most recent work is Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.
Anxiety can feel like “high energy confined to a restricted space.” Changing your environment — whether through lovingkindness meditation, chanting, or otherwise — can help you create space for it to dissipate.